10 October 2011
A group of aggrieved ex-militants, under the aegis of Third Phase Federal Amnesty, has claimed responsibility over recent attacks on some oil installations in the Niger Delta, just as they launched operation freedom to protest the refusal of the Federal Government to accomodate them in the post amnesty rehabiliation programme, which had just been rounded off at Obubra, Cross River State.
In a statement endorsed by its chairman, General Kathy Sese and secretary, General Tonye, respectively, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Yenagoa, at the weekend, the group hinted that, "operation freedom is designed to cripple oil facilities in the South-South"
The group, which has been at loggerheads with the government over alleged exclusion of its members from the amnesty programme, said it was responsible for renewed attacks on oil installations in the region.
“Operation Freedom” first launched its attack against Agip Main Link Pipeline along Olugbobiri to Egbamatoru in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“Our mobile fighters carried out the attacks including the onslaught against the Tereke Obama Flow Station operated by Agip at Nembe area of the state on October 3, the group" said.
While claiming that it also destroyed Shell Well Head linking Bayelsa and Rivers states at
, Ogbia on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at about 10.00p.m, it said that, "we were behind the blowing up of a tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) parked in Azikoro Junction at 11.20p.m in October 3.
The group also threatened to carry out more deadly attacks if the Federal Government failed to accede to its demands.